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Conjoined Twins Die in Bangladesh Before Doctors Could Intervene

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on November 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM
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 Conjoined Twins Die in Bangladesh Before Doctors Could Intervene

Conjoined twins are identical siblings who in rare cases are born with their skin and internal organs fused together. About half of conjoined twins are stillborn, and the survival rate is between 5-25%.

In a rare case, conjoined twins with two heads and two hearts but just one body were born in Bangladesh in the last week. Thousands of people had flocked to see the twins after news spread of the 'miracle newborn'.

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However, hospital authorities have reported that the conjoined twin girls have died less than a week after they were born. The girls were taken into intensive care at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh's biggest public hospital, which set up a team of specialists to treat them.

Dr. Abid Hossian Molla, the head of the intensive care unit, said, "The girls died late on Sunday, November 15, 2015, after apparently suffering from heart failure. She was not in a stable condition since she was born. She died before we could intervene. She was a rare conjoined twins with two heads. She had two hands and two legs like any normal baby, but inside she had two hearts, two sets of lungs and shared pelvic organs."
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The twins' father Jamal Mia said that he had buried her at a public graveyard in Dhaka. Mia said, "I can't afford to hire an ambulance to take her back home. So the doctors gave me some money to bury her in Dhaka. I feel sad for her as we could not do much to save her."

Mia further added, "I have not yet told my wife of the twins' death because she is still 'very sick' after giving birth by Cesarean section."

Source: AFP
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